Weekend Things: Welcome to October

I did everything and nothing this weekend.

And what I mean by that is that I slept lots, watched so so many hours of TV and probably spent too much time on Instagram, but I also drank coffee, cooked delicious things, ran 10 miles, went to the grocery, had a pizza date night, cleaned the house and went on a fall-time walk so I could peep those changing leaves.  That seems like a lot of stuff to me!  For the record, I’m totally fine with it feeling like there’s a million hours in the weekend to do everything your heart desires.


We started Friday with real Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  Or I did at least.  Downpours makes pumpkin spice syrup with actual pumpkin and after totally missing my PSL window last year, I knew I had to get my hands on this magic ASAP.  Turns out they’ve renovated and redecorated in there and it’s a huge improvement.  Plus that latte was pretty good.  I’m gonna go back, for sure.  P.S. We also ate giant breakfast burritos and that’s something I need to do more often.


I follow Denver Beer Co. on Insta and they announced the tapping of a fresh-hop beer so we raced over after work to pick up a growler.  I read all about fresh-hop beer last year but I guess there’s only a short window of time when it can be made and I really didn’t want to miss out.  Their taproom was insanely busy!  But we eventually got our growler and basically ran out of there.  I’ll be honest, it tastes a little flat.Read More »

Anniversary Trip: San Francisco Part II

The second half of our trip to San Fran was maybe a little less organized, a little too hot and a little tiring, but that’s the kind of stuff that makes vacation memorable, ya know?  What’s a better story — having a perfect time in Muir Woods or having a perfect time in Muir Woods then realizing you don’t have service to catch an Uber ride back from the woods and eventually having to go fess up to the park visitor center that you’re dumb and ask them to help you out?



We started the day (Labor Day, actually!) by picking up coffee beans and iced coffee from Ritual in the Mission District.  That area was so all over the place.  Hip coffee shops next to run down repair shops, empty on one block and swarming with young people on the next.  We were so confused!




Things went downhill fast when we ended up waiting an hour and a half at Tartine for breakfast-turned-lunch.  We could not, for the life of us, figure out how it could possibly take that long to serve ready-made pastries!  Was my Croque Monsieur good?  Yes.  Would I wait in line again to eat one?  Never ever in a million years.Read More »

Fall Bucket List (First Ever!)

So here’s the thing.  On Monday, I was walking back to my car after buying lipstick (!) and the ground was covered in leaves.  It was all rainy gloomy on Tuesday morning and the cold weather people in the office were rejoicing.  Tomorrow is OCTOBER.  And I am just thinking “whoa, it is definitely fall!”  And I am also thinking that while I usually just stick to summer bucket lists, fall deserves one too.  I thought this list up a few weeks ago, then last Saturday, I told Joey he had to come up with just one of his own to add.  Let’s see if you can guess which one it is.


Fall Bucket List

(I’ve accidentally already done some of these things before publishing the list, but whatever!)

Brew a seasonal beer // We’ve got an Octoberfest fermenting away in the basement.  Basement beer is the best beer.

Make French Toast muffins // I’m talking about these, but I have a serious aversion to referring to food as “cups.”  Ew.

Get a real Pumpkin Spice Latte // There’s a coffee shop by us that makes their syrup with real pumpkin.  Yes, please.

Go to the Boulder Farmers’ Market (Check!) // I forgot this was even on my list when we went last Saturday, but I’ll take it.

Buy mums for the front porch // That is, if my summer porch plants aren’t still alive and well.  Or maybe I could just have both.

Clean out my closet // I have a lot of clothes but I only like about 10% of it all.  If I clean stuff out, I can refill with better stuff!

Make paella // They made paella on a summer episode of The Kitchen but I wanna make it even if it’s fall.

Organize the kitchen pantry // There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to that thing right now.

Go to the urban pumpkin patch // They do a pumpkin patch at the Little Man Ice Cream Plaza and I wanna go get so bad.

Make a trip to Nooch Vegan Market // I asked Joey if it’s okay that my heart likes juicy steaks but also vegan stuff.  He said “absolutely!”

Try three new breweries // Surprise!  This was Joey’s.  His original answer was “run a half marathon,” but I told him that was cheating and got this instead.  I’m not gonna argue with that :)

Weekend Things: GABF & the End of September

GABF.  Boulder Farmers’ Market.  Changing leaves.  Mountain car rides.  Rockies walk off homerun.  Nine mile run.  Family dinner.  Perfect September weather.

I have a weekend hangover.



I attended my first Great American Beer Festival on Friday night and WHOA.  So much fun!  There’s something about being surrounded by a billion breweries and two billion beer drinkers, sampling craft beers from around the country that makes me feel so complete.  These are my people!



A Joe IPA for Joe.  I couldn’t find a Lauren IPA!

We made pretzel necklaces, drank every type of beer and just had the most awesome time.  The whole experience is kind of overwhelming in the best way possible.  Beer highlights for me included a jalapeño pale ale from Birdsong Brewing, a coffee IPA from Coppertail Brewing, the Zombie Dust IPA from Three Floyds, the Sip of Sunshine from Lawson’s Finest Liquids and a sour called Technicolor Motorhome from Oasis.

I mostly just solidified my love for IPAs but sour beers!  So good!  Who knew?!Read More »